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Amsterdam homicide victim identified

Amsterdam homicide victim identified

Police won't release information about wounds
Amsterdam homicide victim identified
Amsterdam police on Thursday stand guard outside 17 Lefferts St., the site of a homicide Wednesday night.
Photographer: Jason Subik / Gazette Reporter

AMSTERDAM -- Michael C. Cable, 37, of 17 Lefferts St., left his apartment after being attacked Wednesday night, but only got as far as the sidewalk outside before dying from profuse bleeding, police said Friday.

Police released Cable's name Friday after announcing they had begun a homicide investigation into his death Thursday. Police said they withheld Cable's name at first to allow time to notify his extended family.

According to a police news release, 911 dispatch received a report of an injured man "bleeding profusely on the sidewalk" in front of 17 Lefferts St. at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

Detective Joseph Spencer, Amsterdam's public information officer, said the 911 call came from Cable's girlfriend.

"After being attacked in his apartment, Mr. Cable exited his residence and went towards the street in an attempt to alert anyone nearby for help," the news release states. "Mr. Cable ultimately collapsed and passed away on the sidewalk outside his residence."

Spencer said police are not releasing details yet as to how Cable's wounds were inflicted, including whether he was stabbed or shot, or what part of his body was injured.

"Police believe Mr. Cable was specifically targeted by the assailant and there is no perceived risk to the general public," reads the news release.

The location of the homicide was taped off by Amsterdam police and the house was guarded by several officers Thursday.

The crime scene is a few blocks from the Amsterdam Police Department and is near Amsterdam's Creative Connections Clubhouse at 303 East Main St.

Amsterdam police are investigating the homicide with the assistance of the New York State Police.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them at 518-842-1100 or by email at [email protected] 

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